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God uses prayer to encourage us, equip us, strengthen our faith, and draw us closer to Him. It is foundational to our faith and to our ministry. Whether we are coming to God in praise and adoration, with gratitude or with a weary heart, He is always there,  urging us to draw near to Him. We invite you to be make prayer a part of your daily life, and we would like to encourage and equip you to step into the presence God and experience the joy that comes from communing with Him. You will forever be changed!

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March 27, 2015

Read these words of Jesus prior to his crucifixion in John 17:15-19 …

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Confession is an important part of prayer. Just as Jesus cleansed the temple in Matthew 21:12-17, believers must cleanse themselves as the Holy Spirit of God now resides in our bodies. As Easter approaches take time this week to reflect on the perfection of Christ and the imperfections of man. In light of who Jesus is, what confession do you need to make to the Father in order to be pure, holy and blameless before Him?

David wrote a beautiful Psalm of confession in Psalm 51. Pray this Psalm to the Lord inserting your name. Then ask God to show you any specific un-confessed sins that need to be brought before Him.

Ask God:

  • Are my eyes seeing anything that is not pleasing to You?
  • Are my ears hearing anything that is not pleasing to You?
  • Is my mouth saying anything that is not pleasing to You?
  • Are my hands doing anything that is not pleasing to You?
  • Are my thoughts and attitudes in line with You?

March 20, 2015

Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29

The Word of God is the fulcrum upon which the lever of prayer is placed, and by which things are mightily moved. There would seem to be in prayer the capacity for going even beyond the Word, of getting even beyond His promise, into the very presence of God, Himself. –E.M. Bounds

Do you use God’s Word as you pray? The following verses are wonderful to pray back to God. Use these in your prayer time this week or find some on your own. Discover the power the Word of God has to affect the way you pray and the way God responds.

  • Lord, help _________ dwell in the shelter of the Most High and find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
  • God give _________ the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of You, enlighten the eyes of ___________’s heart so _____________ may know what is the hope to which You have called him/her. Ephesians 1:17-18
  • Lord, I pray that ________ would be rooted and established in Your love, and that __________ would have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ is, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge so that _________ may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19
  • Lord, would you direct ___________’s heart to the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

March 13, 2015

This Godhis way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.  Psalm 18:30

As you pray this week remember that God is perfect, and His ways are perfect. He keeps His word, and He shields His people. Because of this you can praise God for who He is and thank Him for all that He allows to touch your life. Whether you are in a place of rest and peace, in a time of illness or distress, or in a time of waiting and wondering, God’s ways are still perfect. He is able to shield you from the enemy, from negative thinking, and from fear and doubt if you will come to Him for refuge and relief. Remember that God does not always respond to us as we see fit but rather in His perfect way, always drawing us to Himself.

This week as you pray …

  • Praise God for who He is!
  • Ask God to help you or someone you know seek His perfect way in a current situation.
  • Turn to God and allow Him to shield you as you take refuge in Him.

Blessings,

Jacqueline Heider